updated 11:45 am EDT, Thu May 14, 2009
New iPhone icons
Apple has registered several new iPhone-related icons in Europe, which when taken together, may illustrate the company's plans for future hardware and software. The icons consist of a road, a flame, a target, a stopwatch and a blank circle; of these the most intelligible may be the first, which could be bound to some form of in-car navigation support. The iPhone 3.0 firmware is known to ready for turn-by-turn navigation, and adding a magnetometer could ensure accurate direction tracking.
The target icon could also be related to navigation, and the stopwatch may suggest some form of timing function. More ambiguous are the flame and the circle, which do not appear to have direct relation to current or planned iPhone capabilities. As with many corporate trademarks however, Apple may be interested in registering them regardless of whether they enter into a commercial product.